Despite being extremely painful, most effects of a scorpionfish
"sting" are treatable by soaking the affected area in hot water.
They are underwater marvels of fluorescent colors, fantastic shapes, and improbable creatures such as delicate purple sea fans, blood-red sponges, blue-spotted groupers, spiny pufferfish, snorkel-nosed moray, poisonous scorpionfish
, giant clams and manta rays, and yellow-lip snakes.
I reach down to grab an interesting sherd and almost plant my hand on a local relative of the highly poisonous, well-disguised scorpionfish
, whose projecting dorsal spines can quickly send a diver into shock, followed by unconsciousness and drowning.
Other species of note observed included goldflag snapper (Pristipomoides auricilla), greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili), large-head scorpionfish
(Pontinus macrocephalus), dawn boarfish (Antigonia eos) (Randall, 2007), shortspine spurdog (Squalus mitsukurii), and numerous carcharhinid sharks.
Variation in habitat and color of the Hawaiian scorpionfish
Important exceptions exist for lingcod and California scorpionfish
In fact, the scorpionfish
family, to which the lionfish belongs, ranks second only to stingrays in total number of "envenomations," poisoning between 40,000 and 50,000 people annually.
Closing statement: California's recreational and most commercial fisheries for nearshore rockfish, shelf rockfish, California scorpionfish
or sculpin, and lingcod will close in all ocean waters Nov.
, toadfish and tripletail ambush their prey, and they camouflage themselves to look like rocks or floating debris.
helena, red scorpionfish
(Scorpaena notata), comber (Serranus cabrilla), and P.
1% for queenfish to 100% for four species, including kelp bass, round stingray (Urobatis halleri), California scorpionfish
(Scorpaena guttata), and brown rockfish (Sebastes auriculatus) (Table 1).
Ocean season opens: Beginning Tuesday, California's sport fisheries for rockfish, cabezon, greenlings, scorpionfish
(sculpin), ocean whitefish and lingcod will open for recreational anglers in nearshore waters south of Cape Mendocino.